LINCOLNTON – At their regular meeting held Monday evening, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved funding an additional $2.2 million to help the district cover state-mandated salary increases for various employee categories. Superintendent Dr. Aaron Allen appeared before commissioners to ask for this additional money from the 2022-2023 county budget.

“At this time last year, I also came before you with a request when the state changed salary expectations for classified employees to be raised to a minimum of $13 or 2.5% increase, whichever was greater,” he said. “At that time, it was planned that in year two there’d a jump to $15/hour or 2.5% increase, whichever was greater. When Kelly Atkins was county manager, it was determined that it would be best to come a year at a time, knowing how politics change. Last year, we only asked for year, so I’m back again asking for another year.”

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